One Minute Book Review: The Diviners with Libba Bray

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Summary: 

It’s the 1920s, and Evie O’Neill is being shipped off to New York to live with her Uncle due to bad behavior. And she couldn’t be happier! New York with it’s lights and speakeasies! It’s going to be wonderful! Until she gets drawn into her Uncle’s work investigating occult-based murders, and her own paranormal secret is discovered. . . The secret that could get this killer caught! Add to that plenty of drama, and more supernatural experiences than I could list here and you have The Diviners!

What I Liked About It:

When Libba Bray writes this kind of book, she doesn’t just tell a story, she creates a mythos, and that’s what she’s done with The Diviners. From the first few pages I was drawn in by her beautiful writing, and the spooky vibe. If you’ve read her Gemma Doyle trilogy, and you were disappointed by Beauty Queens and Going Bovine then this was the natural evolution you were looking for in her writing.

What I Don’t Like About It:

It’s hard to describe, and even harder to encapsulate this book in such a way that will make you want to read it. Oh, and it’s a LONG read. 578 pages to be exact, but I got through it in about 3 days, so it’s not impossible. And the story moves along at a pretty good speed, so you’re not slogging through the book wishing you were doing something else. But it’s still LONG. If you don’t like that, you won’t like this. If you’re like me, and don’t care, then this won’t bother you.

The Verdict:

Read this! Read it now! If you only read one book this year, make it this one! It is a good, spooky read, with everything you could want. The characters are special and memorable, and definitely not perfect, which makes them all the more human. I loved it, and I can’t wait to read the next book!

One Minute Book Review: To The Nines by Janet Evanovich

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Summary:

Stephanie Plum is back, this time hunting a guy who seems to have skipped on a new type of bond, a visa bond (it has nothing to do with credit cards). Vinnie is the first to write a bond of this type, but – surprise! surprise! – Samuel Singh has gone missing and if they don’t find him within the week, Vinnie is going to be a laughingstock. So of course, he puts his best bounty hunter on it. . . Ranger, with Stephanie acting as his assistant. I’m not exactly sure what Ranger was doing throughout this book, but it seemed like Stephanie was doing the bulk of the work. Add in Lula’s attempt to diet herself to supermodel size, and a trip to Vegas, and a cute little dog named Boo, this book really does have it all!

What I Liked About It:

Clearly this is number nine in the Stephanie Plum series, and this far along, I feel like I kind of know what to expect when I’m reading a Stephanie Plum novel. Most of them are pretty amusing, but none has never made me laugh out loud. . . Until this book! Any book that can make me laugh out loud is a genuinely funny book, and I loved that! I love a writer that can put together such a tight comedy scene that you actually laugh out loud. I also loved the mystery in this book. I know some people were bragging that they knew where the book was going on Goodreads, and to a point that was true. I knew who the killer was, but not until they finally dropped the clues in front of me. So I thought she did an excellent job on that front as well. Overall, a good book, a quick read, and FUN! Aaaannnnddd. . . in this book I finally felt that Stephanie was getting marginally better at what she did. Maybe not a LOT better, but marginally.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

Hm. I can’t think of anything, and that’s a good thing, especially when you get this far along in a series. By now you should know your characters, and give your readers what they’re looking for, and Janet Evanovich definitely delivers. I thought about pointing out that the series starts in the 90s and this book was written in the early 2000s and that you could see that technology creeping in. . . but honestly, it doesn’t really jar me all that much. I don’t notice it. Except for some of Stephanie’s 90s fashion choices. . . but I can forget that too.

The Verdict:

Like with anything, this may not be your cup of tea, but I liked it, and I liked the previous books. Not all have been a hit with me, but this one definitely was, and definitely worth a read.

One Minute Book Review: Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich

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Summary:

Stephanie Plum just can’t get to Christmas this year! So of course the spirit of friggin’ Christmas lands in her kitchen. Or maybe he’s Spiderman. Whatever he is, there he is in her kitchen, and what else is the Jersey girl bounty hunter to do? You guessed it, take him along as she looks for an FTA named Sandy Claws. Without giving away too much, all the usual hijinks ensue, and if you want a taste of Janet Evanovich’s Wicked series, you’ll get a taste of Diesel here!

What I Liked About It:

DIESEL. I loved this character, so much so that I resolved right then and there to read the Wicked series by the author (I think there’s only two). He was so likable and fun, his character really brought a lightness to the book that I just loved.  It was a nice little Christmas book, quick to read (I read it in a day), and FUNNY. I finished it feeling good about it. . . and a desperate urge to start on Christmas cookies. In the middle of May.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

I’m gonna be honest, this was one of those books where I couldn’t think of anything I didn’t like. I liked it all.

The Verdict:

It’s a fun read, it’s easy, and while not necessary to enjoy the rest of the series, if you’re like me you’re going to want to read this between Hard Eight and To The Nines.